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  • Discipline(s): Literature
  • Available: Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Session II
  • Course Type: Standard Courses
  • Taught in: English
  • Credits: 3
  • Course Travel: TBD

The Unreliable Author: Reading and Writing Mental Illness

From the beginning of Western literature, audiences have been fascinated by unreliable narrators. Some of literature’s most enduring characters, from Oedipus and Hamlet to Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield, cannot be trusted. Through examples of Italian and English-language literature and film, students will be exposed to the main different types of unreliable narrators. They will be asked to use primary theories of psychoanalytical criticism in analyzing selected works and use their own imagination in producing works of creative fiction in which they demonstrate an understanding of the concepts studied in class.